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How to Fix a Slow Computer

I restart the computer and press F8 so it goes into Safe Mode. That way it only runs Windows XP without background programs. I go to Program Files>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleaner or LeftClick on My Computer then RightClick on C: drive and choose Properties to run DiskCleaner with Compress Drive unchecked. The HardDrive needs about 10 to 15% space to do a Defrag. (Freespace / Capacity = %). After the HardDrive's been cleaned I click on the Properties Tool tab for Disk Defragmenter, or Program Files>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defragmenter. Let it defrag while no other programs are running. After it finishes, RightClick on C: drive and choose Properties, click on Tools tab, click on Error Checking "Check Now" and place checks in both checkboxes. Restart computer, and let error checking do its job.
If it still runs slow I suggest getting the free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed and do a Full System Scan, then run it again after Restart. Then download and install IOBit's Advanced System Care Free Edition. CCleaner Slim finds a few more items after that.
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal should be updated every month, along with Windows Update items.
Buy an external USB HardDrive and move your photos, music and anything else you want to keep onto it. The less files there are on the HardDrive the easier it is on your computer.
I've seen a few laptops here for my friends stationed here in Afghanistan where they were so infected the browser window was blocked. I've used this remedy and other methods to get them back online.

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windows crashes ofter the winxp logo... what will be the solution to this?


Restart your computer.
Repeatedly press F8, until you see the Windows "start-up" menu (white text over a black background).

Choose "start in Safe Mode".
Start the "System Restore" tool.
Pick a "checkpoint" on which date/time that your computer was working properly.
Restore your computer to that date/time.

Aug 20, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Restart your computer and before it says "Starting Windows" (XP, Vista or whichever version you have), press the F8 function key on your keyboard. You'd get a menu. Select the "Safe Mode with Networking" and press Enter.

Once Windows boots into safe mode, try to run the programs now. If they run fine in safe mode, download Malwarebytes .

Then, update and run this anti-malware program. It will remove any virus / malware. Once this is done, reboot your computer back normally and the programs should work fine.

Hope that helps,
Regards,
Raspal

Mar 25, 2010 | IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe 10 for PC

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umm... can't boot to windows at all so the program that was provided wont work, can't reinstall windows automatic disk eject on startup!


Hi,

Restart your computer. Immediately after the screen goes blank for the first time, press the F8 key repeatedly. The Windows Advanced Options menu appears. If the menu does not appear, restart your computer and try again. Use the cursor keys on your keyboard (your mouse will not work) to select Last Known Good Configuration, and then press ENTER. Windows XP attempts to start.

If you recently installed new hardware, shut down your computer and disconnect the hardware. Then, restart Windows XP and troubleshoot your hardware to get it working properly.

Restart your computer and press F8 again. This time, choose Safe Mode and press ENTER. Windows XP attempts to start in Safe Mode, which does not automatically start programs and hardware, and displays very primitive graphics. If Windows XP starts successfully in Safe Mode, you can remove any programs or updates you have recently installed. Then, restart your computer normally.


Good luck!
And Thanks.

Mar 19, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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MY DAUGHT WAS USING MY COMPUTER AN SHE DOWNLOADED SOMETHING WITHOUT ME KNOWING AN,I HAVE SOME ICONS ON MY COMPUTER THAT WILL NOT DELETE OFF HOW DO I FIX THIS PROMBLEM


You can trying using safe mode
To get there depends on your OS

If your using Windows 98:
  • Restart the computer.
  • Just after the POST diagnostics and memory count, start pressing the F8 key
  • On the Startup Menu, choose Safe Mode
or you may use the system configuration Utility Method.
  • While in Normal mode, Close all programs.
  • Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG in the box and click OK
  • In the System Configuration Utility, on the General Tab, click the Advanced Button
  • In the Advanced Troubleshooting Settings dialog box, check Enable Startup Menu. Click OK. Click OK again when the System Configuration Utility reappears.
  • You will be prompted to restart the computer. Click Yes. The computer will restart in Safe mode.
  • When you are finished with troubleshooting in Safe mode, open MSCONFIG again and uncheck "Enable Start-up Menu." under the Advanced Menu, then click OK and restart your computer
Windows Xp:

If Windows XP is the only operating system installed on your computer, booting into Safe Mode with these instructions.
  • If the computer is running, shut down Windows, and then turn off the power
  • Wait 30 seconds, and then turn the computer on.
  • Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
  • Ensure that the Safe mode option is selected.
  • Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode.
  • When you are finished with all troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally would.
To use the System Configuration Utility method
  • Close all open programs.
  • Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG in the box and click OK
  • The System Configuration Utility appears, On the BOOT.INI tab, Check the "/SAFEBOOT" option, and then click OK and Restart your computer when prompted.
  • The computer restarts in Safe mode.
  • Perform the troubleshooting steps for which you are using Safe Mode.
    When you are finished with troubleshooting in Safe mode, open MSCONFIG again, on the BOOT.INI tab, uncheck "/SAFEBOOT" and click OK to restart your computer
Windows as part of a multiboot system
Use this method ONLY if you have multiple operating systems installed on your computer.
  • If the computer is running, shut down Windows, and then turn off the power
  • Wait 30 seconds, and then turn the computer on.
  • When the Boot loader menu (list of the available operating systems) appears, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to select the version Windows what you want
  • Press Enter, and then immediately begin tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Options menu appears.
  • Scroll to and select the Safe mode menu item , and then press Enter.
Windows Vista:

  • Turn the computer on or Restart the computer
  • Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Boot Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
  • Ensure that the Safe mode option is selected (the top option)
  • Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode.
  • When you are finished with troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally would.



Oct 20, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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